The Holy Eucharist – Additional Directions

The Holy Table is spread with a clean white cloth during the celebration.

When the Great Litany is sung or said immediately before the Eucharist,
the Litany concludes with the Kyries, and the Eucharist begins with the
Salutation and the Collect of the Day. The Prayers of the People following
the Creed may be omitted.

When a psalm is used, it may be concluded with Gloria Patri. In
Rite One services, the following form of the Gloria may be used:

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, *
    and to the Holy Ghost:

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, *
    world without end. Amen.

The Kyrie eleison (or “Lord, have mercy”) may be sung or said in
threefold, sixfold, or ninefold form. The Trisagion, “Holy God”,
may be sung or said three times, or antiphonally.

Gloria in excelsis, or the hymn used in place of it, is sung or said from
Christmas Day through the Feast of the Epiphany; on Sundays from
Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost, on all the days of Easter Week,
and on Ascension Day; and at other times as desired; but it is not used on
the Sundays or ordinary weekdays of Advent or Lent.

It is desirable that the Lessons be read from a lectern or pulpit, and that
the Gospel be read from the same lectern, or from the pulpit, or from the
midst of the congregation. It is desirable that the Lessons and the Gospel be
read from a book or books of appropriate size and dignity.

When a portion of the congregation is composed of persons whose native
tongue is other than English, a reader appointed by the celebrant may
read the Gospel in the language of the people, either in place of, or in
addition to, the Gospel in English.

If there is no Communion, all that is appointed through the Prayers of
the People may be said. (If it is desired to include a Confession of Sin, the

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service begins with the Penitential Order.) A hymn or anthem may then
be sung, and the offerings of the people received. The service may then
conclude with the Lord’s Prayer; and with either the Grace or a blessing,
or with the exchange of the Peace.

In the absence of a priest, all that is described above, except for the
blessing, may be said by a deacon, or, if there is no deacon, by a lay reader.

The greeting, “The peace of the Lord be always with you,” is addressed
to the entire assembly. In the exchange between individuals which may
follow, any appropriate words of greeting may be used. If preferred, the
exchange of the Peace may take place at the time of the administration of
the Sacrament (before or after the sentence of Invitation).

Necessary announcements may be made before the service, after the
Creed, before the Offertory, or at the end of the service, as convenient.

It is the function of a deacon to make ready the Table for the celebration,
preparing and placing upon it the bread and cup of wine. It is customary
to add a little water to the wine. The deacon may be assisted by other

During the Great Thanksgiving, it is appropriate that there be only
one chalice on the Altar, and, if need be, a flagon of wine from which
additional chalices may be filled after the Breaking of the Bread.

The following anthem may be used at the Breaking of the Bread:

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:
    have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:
    have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:
    grant us peace.

While the people are coming forward to receive Communion, the
celebrant receives the Sacrament in both kinds. The bishops, priests, and
deacons at the Holy Table then communicate, and after them the people.

Opportunity is always to be given to every communicant to receive
the consecrated Bread and Wine separately. But the Sacrament may be

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received in both kinds simultaneously, in a manner approved by the

When the celebrant is assisted by a deacon or another priest, it is
customary for the celebrant to administer the consecrated Bread and the
assistant the Chalice. When several deacons or priests are present, some
may administer the Bread and others the Wine. In the absence of
sufficient deacons and priests, lay persons licensed by the bishop
according to the canon may administer the Chalice.

If the consecrated Bread or Wine does not suffice for the number
of communicants, the celebrant is to return to the Holy Table, and
consecrate more of either or both, by saying

Hear us, O heavenly Father, and with thy (your) Word and
Holy Spirit bless and sanctify this bread (wine) that it, also,
may be the Sacrament of the precious Body (Blood) of thy
(your) Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who took bread (the cup)
and said, “This is my Body (Blood).” Amen.

or else the celebrant may consecrate more of both kinds, saying again the
words of the Eucharistic Prayer, beginning with the words which follow
the Sanctus, and ending with the Invocation (in the case of Eucharistic
Prayer C, ending with the narrative of the Institution).

When the service of a priest cannot be obtained, the bishop may, at
discretion, authorize a deacon to distribute Holy Communion to the
congregation from the reserved Sacrament in the following manner:

1. After the Liturgy of the Word (and the receiving of the people’s
offering), the deacon reverently places the consecrated Sacrament on the
Altar, during which time a communion hymn may be sung.

2. The Lord’s Prayer is then said, the deacon first saying, “Let us pray in
the words our Savior Christ hath (has) taught us.”

3. And then, omitting the breaking of the Bread, the deacon proceeds
with what follows in the liturgy as far as the end of the postcommunion
prayer, and then dismisses the people.

If any of the consecrated Bread or Wine remain, apart from any which
may be required for the Communion of the sick, or of others who for

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weighty cause could not be present at the celebration, or for the
administration of Communion by a deacon to a congregation when no
priest is available, the celebrant or deacon, and other communicants,
reverently eat and drink it, either after the Communion of the people or
after the Dismissal.

A hymn may be sung before or after the postcommunion prayer.

Disciplinary Rubrics

If the priest knows that a person who is living a notoriously evil life
intends to come to Communion, the priest shall speak to that person
privately, and tell him that he may not come to the Holy Table until he
has given clear proof of repentance and amendment of life.

The priest shall follow the same procedure with those who have done
wrong to their neighbors and are a scandal to the other members of the
congregation, not allowing such persons to receive Communion until
they have made restitution for the wrong they have done, or have at least
promised to do so.

When the priest sees that there is hatred between members of the
congregation, he shall speak privately to them, telling them that they
may not receive Communion until they have forgiven each other.
And if the person or persons on one side truly forgive the others and
desire and promise to make up for their faults, but those on the other side
refuse to forgive, the priest shall allow those who are penitent to come to
Communion, but not those who are stubborn.

In all such cases, the priest is required to notify the bishop, within
fourteen days at the most, giving the reasons for refusing Communion.

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